It’s been a long time coming, but the day is finally here. My first book, Comics for Film, Games, and Animation: Using Comics to Construct Your Transmedia Storyworld is now available to purchase! What is it, you may ask?
As we move into a convergence culture, a culture where a single story can play out over a variety of media, comics have emerged as an underutilized (at best) or undervalued (at worst) vehicle of expression for filmmakers, game designers, and other storytellers.Comics for Film, Games, and Animation explores the past, present, and future of the comics medium to give those storytellers an understanding of comics’ unlimited storytelling potential and the practical tools to integrate comics into their own transmedia story experiences.
As filmmakers, or game designers, or creatives working in other fields, we have access to a different audience than those of comic books – an audience that may have never experienced a great comic book. By using comic books within our properties, we have the chance to be a gateway drug for our audiences to explore other comics. If we create bad comics just because we’re told we should transmedia-ify everything for the sake of half-baked “engagement,’ we’re defaulting on the responsibility we accepted when we decided to bring comics into our creative arsenal. Comics is the most vibrant American art form of the 20th century. It’s got a rich and outlaw history, the wild-child hellion third cousin of film, of theatre, of the more “respectable” forms. The goal of the book is to help you create great story experiences by sharing my passion for the comics medium – both its history and storytelling potential – with you, and then show you how to integrate it into your own storyworld.
Featuring interviews with Frank Rose (author of The Art of Immersion), Dr. Christy Dena, Henry Jenkins (author of Convergence Culture), Ron Fortier (comics writer of Green Hornet), Denny O’Neil (comics writer of Batman, Green Lantern, The Shadow and group editor of the Batman titles from 1986-2000), artist and illustrator Stephanie Buscema, Alison Gaylin (author of Trashed, And She Was), and Roberto Orci (screenwriter and co-producer of Star Trek, Fringe, Transformers, The Amazing Spider-Man 2,) Comics for Film, Games, and Animation: Using Comics to Construct Your Transmedia Storyworld is available from any of these booksellers:
For a few more thoughts on the release of Comics, I send you to my Tumblr, Penny a Word.
Thanks all for the support. I’m just getting warmed up!